• Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

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BangBet Rally Duo Geared Up for WRC Safari in Naivasha

As the adrenaline-fueled excitement of the WRC Safari Rally Kenya takes center stage in Naivasha, all eyes are on Josiah Kariuki and John Ngugi, the dynamic duo ready to conquer the rugged terrain under the vibrant livery of BangBet. With anticipation running high, Kariuki and Ngugi are poised to unleash their skill and determination in pursuit of rally glory.

Navigating the challenging landscapes with precision and finesse, navigator John Ngugi, a second-generation driver, shares insights into their meticulous preparations for the rally. “We’ve assembled a top-notch team of mechanics, including experts from Don Smith’s crew, to ensure our car is primed for action. The stages may present some challenges, especially with the Easter rains, but we’re ready to tackle them head-on,” remarks Ngugi.

Reflecting on past endeavors, the duo’s journey to the Safari Rally has been marked by trials and triumphs. In 2021, they encountered a setback during scrutineering, but undeterred, they returned stronger in subsequent years, showcasing their resilience and unwavering resolve. With the support of BangBet, their sponsor for the second consecutive year, Kariuki and Ngugi are determined to make their mark on this prestigious event.

Acknowledging the significance of sponsorship in the world of rallying, Ngugi expresses gratitude towards BangBet for their unwavering support. “Rallying demands precision and perseverance, and having BangBet by our side alleviates some of the financial burdens. We’re grateful for their continued belief in our team,” affirms Ngugi.

The BangBet-sponsored car underwent rigorous pre-event scrutineering at the Wildlife Research & Training Institute (WRTI) in Naivasha, ensuring compliance with regulations and readiness for the grueling challenges ahead. Under the watchful eye of technical delegate Musa Locho, the team’s preparations were meticulously scrutinized, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for excellence.

For Ngugi, rallying runs in the blood, with a rich family legacy steeped in motorsport. As the son of the late John Ngugi Senior, a revered rally driver of the 1990s, Ngugi carries on the family tradition with pride and passion. “Growing up surrounded by the roar of engines and the thrill of racing, I knew rallying was in my blood. Fulfilling my childhood dream alongside my dad’s memory is a testament to the enduring legacy of motorsport,” reflects Ngugi.

As Ngugi navigates the treacherous terrain of Naivasha, he joins a cadre of second-generation drivers, each driven by a shared passion for speed and adventure. Together with fellow legacy racers, they embody the spirit of perseverance and the thrill of competition, ensuring the Safari Rally remains a showcase of talent and tradition.

With their sights set on the podium, Kariuki and Ngugi embark on a journey fueled by determination, camaraderie, and the unwavering support of BangBet. As the WRC Safari Rally unfolds in Naivasha, their story of grit, glory, and sponsorship echoes through the annals of motorsport, inspiring future generations to chase their dreams with unwavering resolve.


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